OZ Cabbie October 2015
What does a taxi do? It picks up people and takes them from where they are to where they want to go at a price calculated electronically by time and distance.
What does an UberX do? It picks up people and take them from where they are to were they want to at a price calculated electronically by time and distance.
Not surprisingly the Tax Office decided that for the purpose of GST, UberX drivers are to be treated just like taxi drivers.
The ruling came in force on 1 August 2015. The first BAS is due this month. Will the ATO have the determination to get a court order to obtain the file of UberX’s estimated 15,000 drivers to check their names against its own ABN database? Wouldn’t that be fun?
Someone else will be looking for names and contact details of the 5000 UberX drivers Uber claims to have in Sydney. Uber suggested its drivers had a right to be be heard in Russell Howarth’s cross-claim against it. The Judge agreed. The court needs to notify all 5000 and randomly select a small sample to give evidence. Full report in Only a win for Russell Howarth can wipe the smug grin off the face of David Rohrsheim.
My latest trial of UberX? Great ride but no stars. I don’t give stars to people who knowingly break the law. All about my trip, the ATO and the ACT’s UberX experiment in When a corporate terrorist dictates our laws, we know our country is fucked!.
Tim used to be proud to to be an Australian, well he's proud no more. Our politicians continue to act like morons. Next week UberX will be legal in Canberra, a city with a fleet of 300 cabs being invaded by 3,500 UberX drivers. It’ll be like a locust swarm going through a wheat field. Tim has his say in Proud to be an Australian? I used to be.
And then there is the taxi establishment’s new weapon against UberX ... the iHail taxi app. The ACCC is not happy with it, believing it could create a cartel which would control the whole taxi industry. That UberX has the monopoly on illegal ride-sharing gets no reaction from the Commission. Despite engaging in price gouging and predatory pricing it is allowed to run rampant.
The iHail consortium has gone back to the drawing board to have another go at getting their app accredited. How they go should be revealed at the end of November. More in iHail - the taxi establishment’s new weapon against Uber et al. held up by the ACCC.
As you know every state is trying to sort out a way to legalize UberX establishing taskforces, inquiries and reviews. In July the Western Australian government released a green paper inviting public comment. It has just been reported that its has received a total of 5831 responses, including 3188 campaign emails, provided by Uber, supporting ride-sharing, 1315 campaign emails supporting the taxi industry and 103 written submissions from drivers, customers and stakeholders.
Transport Minister Nalder said accounting firm PwC would finalize pricing models for potential licensing fee scenarios outlined in the paper and propose transition assistance options for taxi plate owners.
A Perth Now reader commented that Uber is also using PwC, hinting at a conflict of interest.
It is a standard Uber tactic to use its followers to bombard inquiries and members of parliament with pre-fab propaganda emails. The NSW point-to-point passenger transport taskforce received some 800 submissions, 600 of them were pre-fab indentical “I love UberX” emails.
Russell Howarth’s fight with Uber goes back to court on 28 October - too late for this issue. Hopefully it will be covered by the news media.